Mars UK has been named the only FMCG company in the Large Company Category in this year’s Best Workplaces ranking complied by the ‘Great Place to Work’ Institute. After opening its doors to enter for the first time, the company came 13th out of all large companies from all industries who entered across the UK.
The Great Place to Work Institute UK praised Mars UK for the career development opportunities offered to its ‘Associates’ – what Mars calls its employees because they are encouraged to run the business as if it were their own. It said associates enjoy unusual levels of freedom and responsibility from Day One of joining the business, which contributes to Mars’ open and collaborative culture. As well as personal development plans and formal learning through the Mars University, associates are encouraged to move upwards, sideways, across borders, functions and segments to broaden their horizons and grow their career.
Blas Maquivar, President Mars Chocolate UK & Global Retail said: “We are extremely proud to be named as the only Large FMCG Company in the UK’s best workplaces. Across Mars UK, we have a really unique culture, based on honest and open communication, and we also offer our Associates some unique benefits – such as bringing your dog to work at our Waltham and Birstall sites and a weekly chocolate allowance at our Slough site.
“While we are a large company, we are still family-owned and our Associates work together in a supportive and collaborative environment. We are more collaborative than hierarchical and, as a private company, we have the freedom to invest for the long-term in our people, our products and in the future of our business.”